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SMART CARGO MAINPORT PROGRAM SPARKS INNOVATION AS SCHIPHOL CALLS FOR FURTHER PROJECTS AIMED AT MORE

Thursday, October 27, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Program to reinforce Schiphol as a smart hub gains momentum, with University and Government backing, a successful pilot scheme leading to new services, and new backing from partner Fresco Flowers

 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Thursday27th October 2016 -Schiphol Cargo will back further projects as part of its Smart Cargo Mainport Program, aimed at finding innovative schemes to improve cargo flow through the Amsterdam hub, underpinned by transparent data exchange.

 

The Program, which has a steering committee including Schiphol Cargo as Chair, KLM Cargo, Dutch Customs, and Cargonaut, has already attracted EUR375,000 of Dutch Government funding, participation from leading companies in the airport community, and the backing of the University of Delft and Hogeschool van Amsterdam.

 

A pilot scheme is currently underway, bringing together all sectors of the supply chain to work collaboratively towards improved services through the hub, and the newly formed Holland Flower Alliance's data transfer initiative, which has brought Royal FloraHolland on board, is one of the first to successfully consider and implement Smart Mainport Program elements in its operations.

 

“The strategic Royal FloraHolland program FLOW aims at increasing margins for our stakeholders and reducing costs in the supply chain with at least 15% cooperation and the integration of IT systems is essential to do that,” said Edwin Wenink, Programme Director, FLOW Royal FloraHolland.

 

The Smart Program projects centre on cargo flows, encouraging cooperation between the different parties in the supply chain, as well as data sharing.

 

“This is a tangible innovation push for members of the Schiphol cargo community, aimed at realising efficiencies, reducing costs, and enhancing services,” said Jonas van Stekelenburg, Head of Cargo, Schiphol Cargo.

 

“The community is putting in the effort, with companies willing to take risks and spend resources, and we are seeing results.

 

“The insight and learning we are gaining from the Program is open to all Schiphol cargo community members and we are seeking more projects and asking for more innovative ideas.”

 

Last month, KLM Cargo embarked on a pilot scheme aimed at speeding up and enhancing the efficiency of European supply chains bringing cargo to Schiphol for subsequent international shipment.

 

The pilot, which kicked off on the route from Frankfurt, Germany, is operated by a consortium which brings together all sectors of the supply chain and includes Schiphol Cargo, Jan de Rijk Logistics, Swissport, Kuehne+Nagel, importer Fresco Flowers, Cargonaut, and Dutch Customs.

 

Under the scheme, a distinction has been drawn between shipments with shorter connecting times and those with less time pressure, and a new schedule is being trialled.

 

The schedule marks the first step towards setting up a Cloud platform facilitating data exchange amongst the cooperating parties. Once data has been delivered in real-time it can be reused, supplemented or modified where necessary.

 

The information is also automatically verified against the applicable Customs regulations and safety standards. Not only will this support the exchange of administrative data, it will also facilitate the exchange of status information relating to the shipments.

 

"We constantly have to deliver value in the hyper-competitive airfreight market,” said Marcel de Nooijer, EVP KLM Cargo & MD Martinair Holland.

 

“In the ideal supply chain it is all about co-operation and optimisation of the movement of shipments, both in the air as well as on the ground. Therefore transparency and access to data through digitisation is key!

 

“The Smart Mainport Program is all about that; to ensure maximum value to our customers and strengthening the ground processes with all stakeholders. That is the power of innovative co-operation!"

 

The information is also automatically verified against the applicable Customs regulations and safety standards. Not only will this support the exchange of administrative data, it will also facilitate the exchange of status information relating to the shipments.

 

“The Smart Cargo Mainport Program (SCMP) is THE Dutch partnership of frontrunners to realise our vision of the smartest cargo airport,” said Nanne Onland, Executive Director, Cargonaut.

 

“It is about facilitating the design and delivery of data driven predictable and compliant air cargo processes. It is not about the Cloud, it is about what we do with it!”

 

At the heart of the program is the question of how to effectively implement a ‘long term vision, short term results’ vision; a blueprint has been developed by the team outlining where the project aims to be by 2025 at the same time as establishing numerous shorter term pilots with airport stakeholders.

 

The Smart Cargo Mainport Program, which is run by Teunis Steenbeek, is expected to attract further Dutch Government Funding. To contact Teunis and suggest a project, contact him atteunis.steenbeek@oxalis-co.comor +31 (0) 613 698 108.

 

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L-R - Jonas van Stekelenburg, Head of Cargo, Schiphol;Marcel de Nooijer, EVP Cargo, KLM, Nanne Onland, Executive Director, Cargonaut

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L-R - Jonas van Stekelenburg, Head of Cargo, Schiphol; Marcel de Nooijer, EVP Cargo, KLM, Nanne Onland, Executive Director, Cargonaut

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For more information on theSmart Mainport Program please contact Teunis Steenbeek at Oxalis onteunis.steenbeek@oxalis-co.comor +31 (0) 613 698 108.


ABOUT SCHIPHOL CARGO

 

Schiphol Airport is the third largest air cargo hub in Europe, moving 1.6 million tonnes in 2015.

 

Schiphol offers 525.000 m2 of cargo warehouses, of which 40% have direct airside access. This includes facilities for perishables and pharma/life science cargo in multiple controlled-temperature zones, featuring refrigerated/deep-freezer and heated storage/handling facilities.

 

Over 150 logistics service providers are situated in the airport region, with over 50% of all American and Asian European Distribution Centres located in the Netherlands. Schiphol benefits from close proximity to the Ports of Rotterdam and Amsterdam and an unparalleled European road feeder and distribution network.

 

In March 2016, Schiphol and its cargo community launched the Pharma Gateway Amsterdam that offers a CEIV-certified, closed and transparent pharma airport process.

 

To find out more visitschipholcargoworld.com

 

ABOUT SCHIPHOL GROUP

 

Schiphol Group is an enterprise that operates airports in the Netherlands, conducts international operations and participates in foreign airports.

 

Operating Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the Group's largest activity.

 

Schiphol Group is the owner and operator of Rotterdam The Hague Airport and Lelystad Airport, and holds a majority share in Eindhoven Airport.

 

Schiphol Group's mission is Connecting the Netherlands: permanently connecting the Netherlands to the rest of the world in order to contribute to economic welfare and social welfare in this country and elsewhere; Connecting to compete and to complete.

 

Visitschiphol.nlfor more information.

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